The African Centre for Technical Training (ACTT), a prominent institute for technical and vocational skills development in Ghana, celebrated a major achievement on August 31, 2023, with the official inauguration of its Adenta Campus in the Greater Accra Region.
The inauguration was under the theme: “Introduction to the Plumbing Systems Design Programme,”
The occasion brought together key stakeholders from education, industry, and development organizations, including notable entities such as Bosch, GIZ, CAMFED, the German Embassy, and the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA).
Miss Penelope Brooke Thompson, the Founder and President of ACTT, in delivering the keynote address provided insights into the institution’s transformative journey, its overarching vision, and the groundbreaking Plumbing Systems Design Programme. The esteemed guests who graced the event, participated in a symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities located on the campus.
The facilities include a cutting-edge plumbing workshop, lecture hall, computer laboratory, library, health center, cafeteria, auditorium, and conference room.
ACTT’s primary mission revolves around bridging the critical technical skills gap present in various industries.
This is accomplished through the provision of an extensive array of top-quality technical and vocational training programmes, artisan certification, mentorship initiatives, and access to invaluable job placement opportunities.
The Plumbing Systems Design Programme stands out as a flagship offering, blending comprehensive training in soft skills and theoretical foundations with extensive hands-on experience garnered through workshop training and apprenticeships.
Mr Richard Appiah Otoo, Chief Operating Officer at Ghana Water Company Limited, voiced his support by stating, “Having studied in Germany, I am familiar with the two-tier track system for theoretical education and apprenticeships that has produced exemplary German craftsmanship.
I believe so much in the ACTT vision, which is very timely in addressing this skills gap in Ghana.”
In her address to the assembly, Akosua Manu, Deputy CEO of the National Youth Authority (NYA), expressed her endorsement of ACTT.
She noted, “What was striking to me is the fact that Penelope pointed out that Technical and Vocational Education and Training seem to be a pathway for people who seem not do too well in school.
But being an advocate for excellence,we need to highlight the importance of people learning skills.
I think what she(Penelove) has done here is incredibly inspiring, and I believe that we are going to see more from this institute.”